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The shareholders of IAR Systems Group AB (publ) (the ”Company”), are hereby invited to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of shareholders to be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Spårvagnshallarna, Birger Jarlsgatan 57 A, Stockholm, Sweden.
Notice to attend etc.
Shareholders who wish to participate in the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) must
– be recorded in the register of shareholders maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB not later than Thursday, April 21, 2016,
– provide notification of their intention to participate in the AGM not later than Thursday, April 21, 2016, in writing to IAR Systems Group AB (publ), Kungsgatan 33,111 56 Stockholm, Sweden, or via the company’s website www.iar.com/investors. The notification should include name, address, telephone number, personal or corporate identity number and registered shareholding.
To be entitled to participate in the AGM, shareholders whose shares are registered in the name of a nominee should request that the shares be temporarily re-registered in their own name in good time prior to April 21, 2016. When applicable, proof of authorization, such as forms of proxy and certificates of registration should be sent to the company prior to the AGM. A form of proxy can be downloaded from the company’s website www.iar.com/investors. Shareholders who wish to be accompanied by one or two assistants must inform the company by the same date and in the same manner applicable to shareholders.
Proposals for resolution to be put before the AGM of IAR Systems Group AB (publ) on April 27, 2016.
The below proposals for resolution and information follow the numbering stated in the proposed agenda.
Election of the Chairman of the AGM (item 2)
The nominating committee proposes Markus Gerdien as Chairman of the AGM.
Appropriation of the company’s profits according to the adopted balance sheet (item 9 b)
The Board of Directors proposes that the earnings at the disposal of the AGM according to the company’s adopted balance sheet, amounting to SEK 138,650,891, be disposed of so that the shareholders receive a dividend of SEK 7.00 per share, or a total of SEK 88,424,217, for the 2015 financial year. The proposed record date is Friday, April 29, 2016. Provided that this record date is approved, dividends are expected to be disbursed on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.
Decision regarding the number of Board members and deputies (item 10)
The nominating committee proposes that the Board consist of five members and no deputies.
Decision regarding fees to be paid to the Board of Directors and auditors (item 11)
The nominating committee proposes that Board fees be paid in an amount of SEK 375,000 to the Board Chairman and SEK 165,000 to each of the Board members not employed in the Group. It is proposed that fees to the auditors be paid according to approved invoices.
Election of Board members and the Board Chairman (item 12)
As members of the Board, the nominating committee proposes re-election of Markus Gerdien, Peter Larsson, Jonas Mårtensson, Stefan Skarin and Maria Wasing.
Markus Gerdien is proposed to be re-elected as Board Chairman.
Election of auditors (item 13)
As auditors, the nominating committee proposes re-election for one year of Deloitte AB with Erik Olin as auditor in charge.
Appointment of the nominating committee (item 14)
The nominating committee proposes that the AGM resolve on the appointment of a nominating committee according to the following principles.
No later than September 30, 2016, the Board of Directors shall convene a meeting of the three largest shareholders or known shareholder groups within the company in terms of voting power, which in turn shall be entitled to appoint at least three members, one from each of the largest shareholders or shareholder groups in terms of voting power, to the nominating committee. If any of the three largest shareholders or known shareholder groups waives the right to appoint a member to the nominating committee, the next-largest shareholder or known shareholder group shall be afforded the opportunity to appoint a member to the nominating committee. In addition, the Chairman of the Board may be appointed to the nominating committee. The CEO or another member of executive management shall not serve as a member of the nominating committee. The Chairman of the Board shall convene the initial meeting of the nominating committee. A shareholder representative should be appointed chairman of the nominating committee. The nominating committee shall serve for a term ending when a new nominating committee has been appointed. The composition of the nominating committee shall be publicly announced no later than six months before the 2017 AGM.
The nominating committee shall be appointed based upon known shareholdings in the company at August 31, 2016. If significant changes in ownership structure occur after the nominating committee has been appointed, the composition of the nominating committee may also be changed in accordance with the policies set forth above. Changes in the nominating committee shall be immediately publicized.
The nominating committee shall prepare and submit to the AGM for decision a proposal recommending the election of the Chairman of the Board and other Board members; Board member fees allocated among the Chairman and other Board members; remuneration, if applicable, for service on Board committees; election of the auditor and auditors’ fees; election of the Chairman of the AGM and policies for appointment of the nominating committee.
The members of the nominating committee shall not be remunerated for their services. Upon approval by the Chairman of the Board, the nominating committee shall have the right to charge the company for costs, such as for recruitment consultants, or other costs necessary for the nominating committee to perform its duties.
Decision regarding principles for remuneration of senior executives (item 15)
The Board of Directors proposes that the AGM on April 27, 2016 adopt the following principles for remuneration of senior executives. Senior executives refers to CEO, the CFO and the COO. The remuneration principles also apply to Board members to the extent that they receive remuneration outside the scope of their Board assignment.
IAR Systems strives for a remuneration system for the CEO, senior executives and other employees that is market-based and competitive. Remuneration of senior executives shall consist of fixed salary, variable salary, pension and other customary benefits.
Fixed salary shall be market-based and individually differentiated on the basis of the individual’s role, performance, results and responsibilities. As a rule, fixed salary is adjusted once a year.
Variable salary shall be proportionate to the responsibilities and powers of the individual in question. Variable salary is based on the attainment of predetermined performance targets in the areas of profit, sales and “soft” individual goals. The amount of variable salary is based on the employees’ fulfillment of these goals. The variable salary may not exceed 50 percent of the fixed salary.
The Board of Directors is tasked with evaluating on an annual basis whether additional share-based or share-price-based incentive schemes should be proposed to the AGM.
The CEO is covered by a pension plan corresponding to the cost of the ITP plan, but with a retirement age of 60, which raises the premium compared with a retirement age of 65. Other employees are covered by a pension plan corresponding to the cost of the ITP plan.
Other terms of employment
If employment is terminated by the company, senior executives are entitled to termination benefits at unchanged terms and conditions over a period of 12 months in addition to non-pensionable severance pay of six monthly salaries. For senior executives, the notice period is six months.
Consulting fees to Board members
In the event that Board members perform work over and above their customary Board assignment, the Board shall, in specific cases, be able to decide on additional remuneration in the form of consulting fees.
The Board’s remuneration committee, consisting of four Board members including the Chairman of the Board, who also serves as the Chairman of the remuneration committee, addresses and prepares remuneration issues relating to senior executives.
The remuneration committee prepares and drafts proposed resolutions relating to remuneration and terms and conditions of employment for the CEO, which are presented to the Board for approval. The Board evaluates the CEO’s work on an annual basis.
The CEO approves the remuneration and terms and conditions of employment of other senior executives on the basis of the principles for remuneration of senior executives adopted at the AGM.
Deviation from the guidelines
The Board of Directors has the right to deviate from these guidelines where there is special reason to do so, for example, in connection with additional variable remuneration connected to specific achievements. In the event of such deviations, the Board is to present the reasoning behind the deviation at the next AGM.
Authorization for the Board to decide on the issue of new shares (item 16)
The Board of Directors proposes that the AGM authorize the Board, on one or several occasions during the period until the next AGM, to decide on the issuance in kind of class B shares up to 10 percent of the company's existing share capital on the date of the AGM.
The motive for the authorization is to provide scope for acquisitions with payment through a non-cash issue.
Authorization for the Board to decide on the repurchase and sale of treasury shares (item 17)
The Board of Directors proposes that the AGM authorize the Board, on one or several occasions during the period until the next AGM, to decide on the purchase of a maximum number of class B treasury shares whereby the holding of treasury shares at no time exceeds 10 percent of all registered shares in the company. The shares shall be acquired on Nasdaq Stockholm at a price that is within the registered price interval at any given time, defined as the interval between the highest bid price and the lowest ask price. The motive for the authorization is to give the Board greater freedom of action in optimizing the company's capital structure.
It is furthermore proposed that the Board be authorized, on one or several occasions during the period until the next AGM, to decide on the sale of at most all class B treasury shares held by the company at any given time (i) on Nasdaq Stockholm or (ii) in a manner other than a sale on a regulated market, whereby the Board shall be able to decide on the disposal of shares for payment in cash with deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive rights or as consideration for the acquisition of companies or operations. The sale of shares on a regulated market may take place only at a price that is within the registered price interval at any given time. The disposal of shares in a manner other than through a sale on a regulated market and where the sale takes place with deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive rights, or as consideration for the acquisition of companies or operations, may take place only at a price that is not lower than a price corresponding to the prevailing market value at the time of the issue. The motive for the authorization is to give the Board greater freedom of action and scope to continuously adapt the company’s capital structure, as well as opportunity to finance future acquisitions. The reason for authorizing the Board, in connection with the sale of shares, to decide on the disposal of shares with deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive rights in a manner other than through a sale on a regulated market, is that the company can thereby dispose of the shares in a more timely manner in the event that the liquidity of the company’s share on the regulated market is limited on the date of transfer.
For valid decision on item 17 above, the resolution must be supported by shareholders representing at least two-thirds of both the number of votes exercised and the number of shares represented at the AGM.
The annual report, consolidated financial statements, audit report, the auditor's opinion on the application of the guidelines for remuneration of senior executives, the complete proposals of the Board and the nominating committee as set out above with related documents under the Swedish Companies Act (2005:551), and a proxy form will be held available at the company at Strandbodgatan 1, Uppsala or Kungsgatan 33, Stockholm, and on the company’s website www.iar.com/investors. Copies of the documents will be sent free of charge to shareholders who so request and provide their mailing address, and will also be available at the AGM.
Pursuant to Chapter 7, § 32 of the Swedish Companies Act (2005:551), shareholders have the right at the AGM to question the Board of Directors about circumstances that may affect the conditions of the agenda and conditions that may affect the company’s financial situation.
As of March 25, 2016, the company has a total of 12,632,061 shares, consisting of 100,000 shares of class A and 12,532,061 shares of class B, equal to a total of 13,532,061 votes.
Stockholm, March 2016
IAR Systems Group AB (publ)
Board of Directors
IAR Systems is the world’s leading independent provider of software for programming of processors in embedded systems. The software is used by around 46,000 customers to develop products based on 8-, 16- and 32-bit processors, mainly in the areas of industrial automation, medical devices, consumer electronics and the automotive industry. IAR Systems has a powerful ecosystem of partners that include the world’s leading semiconductor vendors. IAR Systems Group AB is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, Small Cap
Stefan Skarin, CEO, IAR Systems Group AB